Some of my favorite childhood classic books included: Danny: The Champion of the World, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Matilda and The Twits for their luring creativity and silliness. I just couldn’t get enough of Roald Dahl’s stories and like many other children; I fell in love with his characters and enjoyed his books come to life on the big screen. Roald Dahl was the reason I liked to read when I was a kid, and for that he has become a huge inspiration. His books were filled with adventure, a crude sense of humor, filled with naughty children taking revenge on adult wrongdoers. By looking into his personal life and reading his autobiography, it became apparent how his relationships and experiences through life influenced his writing as an author.
When Dahl was only three years old, his seven-year-old sister, Astri, died from appendicitis and weeks later, his father died of pneumonia at the age of 57 (some say from grief) while on a fishing trip in the Antarctic. His mother eventually sent him to a boarding school for playing practical jokes and getting into trouble at the local school. This was a previous request of his father because he had wished to have their children educated in British schools, which he considered to be the worlds best. At the age of eight, he and his four friends were caned by the headmaster for putting a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers at the local sweet shop which was owned by a "mean and loathsome" old woman, these boys were later the five characters of Roald Dahls first autobiographical book in the "Great Mouse Plot of 1924" from Boy: Tales of Childhood. Dahl was a rambunctious and mischievous child. He recalled having received six strokes of the cane after being ...
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...audience. "Children are ... highly critical. And they lose interest so quickly," he asserted in his New York Times book review interview. " You have to keep things ticking along. And if you think a child is getting bored, you must think up something that jolts it back. Something that tickles. You have to know what children like."
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"Roald Dahl." 2014. The Biography.com website. April 25, 2014 http://www.biography.com/people/roald-dahl-9264648.